What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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by Karen Adler, Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy
ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

Depression effects one in five people. For some, depression is short-term; for others, it is a recurring motif throughout their lives. Depression often causes people to withdraw and become lost in their feelings, whereas art activities offer a means to release negative emotions, reconnect with yourself and with others...

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: After my mother died, and after much struggle, I was finally diagnosed with clinical depression. Courtesy of art therapy processes and incorportaing art into my life on a regular basis, I now strive to work with emotional intelligence rather than battling with my emotions.


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by Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC,
ATH Co-Editor of Art & Art Therapy

One of my younger clients – a twelve year old boy – lost his mother last year in a fatal car accident. She was killed out of state while visiting friends. I have been working with Cam to help him express his feeling related to this tragic loss. Cam has been painting in the art therapy sessions, as well as on his own to express the anger, sadness and confusion he feels, related to this loss...

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: It never ceases to amaze me just how much is revealed in our art work. Everything we need to begin healing is inside of us. Sometimes it just takes someone on the outside to help us find those answers.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Artists are taught that it's 'process not product'. The process of making an artwork can be likened to  psychological processes - mindfulness, breaking through, meaning-making. The artist in this videao, Ivan Vesely, writes, "When I started this painting nothing was working for me. I tried and tried to get the flow but it was not going to happen. I wanted to show that even though you see a finished painting there could be several layers to it. This piece had about 3 paintings within. I literally fought to get it out..."


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art therapy works as both art AND therapy, enabling people to access their true selves which is often hidden way down deep inside and covered over by years of denying the self.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Short edit of a documentary being put together about "Serendipity", the annual art show for Mississippi State Hospital, MSH Community Services Homeless Program, and drug and alcohol rehab centers. The show is always the first Thursday in September.

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: The artist in this video is practicing the ancient Turkish art of Ebru, also known as paper marbling. Using water and pigment, he is creating a beautiful piece of art which he transfers to paper at the end of the video. This clip covers the whole process from start to finish.


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Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: This is a short video that I made to explain the field of art therapy, the credentialing process, and what an art therapist does. I also take you on a tour of my office and studio.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. This video is a sampling of a compelling social experiment that explored how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see. YOU are more beautiful than you think!


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by Leslie Delp

While one in seven children will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 20, childhood loss remains a painfully overlooked issue. Serving the grieving community of York since 2002, Olivia’s House has established itself as the premier resource in Central Pennsylvania for children’s grief and loss education...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: One in seven children will lose a parent or sibling before they are 20 years old. Despite these statistics, loss is a painful issue that most people are not comfortable addressing. Olivia's House in Central Pennsylvania is helping family members address pain and give voice to their pain through collaborations within their community. It is a wonderful model for grief and loss education and specialized art therapy.


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by Laurence Kingston

Nicholas was an absolutely beautiful little 6-year-old boy. He loved sharks, Lego, playing guitar, driving his police car, and his wonderful family. He used to tell his Mom and his Grandmother that he had 300 friends, but judging from all the lives he has touched in his short life I think he has many more than that...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Nicholas was an absolutely beautiful little 6 year old boy who died in a tragic accident. Every single thing about his death is just unbelievably sad except for one: that his family donated his organs. As sad as this is for them, the act of giving organs will absolutely transform the lives of people that will be the recipients. Nicholas' family knows the art of giving selflessly and Nicholas will live on in the four lives that he has saved!


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: There is an ongoing debate in the world of art therapy about whether a practice such as this can be called art therapy or whether it is therapeutic art. My personal take on the issue is that if the client/patient finds it beneficial to put thought into, use their own personal sense of design and take time out from their suffering to make something as delightful as this Wish Doll, then what we art therapists actually call it, is somewhat immaterial.


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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